Photos: Lakers cruise past Heat in NBA Finals opener

Lakers forward LeBron James falls to the court in a tangle with Heat forward Jae Crowder during Game 1.
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Anthony Davis had 34 points and LeBron James was one assist shy of a triple-double to lead the Lakers to a 116-98 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Orlando, Fla.

Davis also had nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots in his Finals debut. James contributed 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

The best-of-seven championship series resumes Friday night at 6 p.m. PDT.

Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks after a feed from Kyle Kuzma (not pictured) during Game 1.
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Lakers forward LeBron James drives down the lane for a layup during Game 1.
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Lakers center Dwight Howard battles Heat forward Jimmy Butler for a rebound during Game 1.
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Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis collide as they try to grab a rebound during Game 1.
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 30, 2020-Lakers Rajopn Rondo dribbles past a Heat.
Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo brings the ball up court while pressured by Heat guard Kendrick Nunn during Game 1.
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Lakers forward Anthony Davis forces Heat guard Tyler Herro into a turnover during Game 1.
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Virtual fans including Robin Roberts, Shaquille O"Neil and former president Barrack Obama watch Game 1 from the videoboard.
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Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Heat center Bam Adebayo collide as they battle for a rebound during Game 1.
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Lakers players and coaches lock arms as they listen to L.A. Philharmonic celloist Ben Hong play the national anthem.
Lakers players and coaches lock arms as they listen to L.A. Philharmonic celloist Ben Hong play the national anthem before Game 1.
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The Lakers defeated the Heat 116-98 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Orlando, Fla.